Philippines – Archipelago in South East Asia
"The mixture of cultures present throughout this nation makes a Philippines holiday an experience that all holidaymakers can enjoy.."
The Philippines is built up from over seven thousand islands, which means that every part of the nation is surrounded by sea.
This also means that holidays in the Philippines allow you to enjoy a lazy day at the beach, no matter which part you choose to visit.
The mixture of cultures present throughout this nation makes a Philippines holiday an experience that all holidaymakers can enjoy.
There are various airports throughout the nation but you will find that most flights to Philippines land at the large Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila - the capital city.
With a nation as vast as the Philippines you can expect to have a wide variety of options available when choosing accommodation. In the bigger cities and the popular coastal resorts, you'll be able to enjoy a stay in one of the 5 star luxury hotels available. In popular resorts, you'll find reasonably priced hotels where you can expect all the typical facilities and amenities that tourists have come to expect. Backpackers frequently enjoy holidays to the Philippines and there are various hostels and a great choice of low-cost accommodation available in various areas.
Buses are frequent on each island and taxis are just as available. In larger cities, public transport is much more accessible and in Manila there's a rail transit system, which makes it much easier to get around.
Activities & Sightseeing
"Head to the Tubbatahaa Reefs National Park to explore the beautiful coral and fascinating marine life.."
If you're looking for sun, sea and sand then a holiday in the Philippines will certainly provide you with that.
The various beaches throughout the nation are all the more appealing because of the fantastic climate.
The islands Boracay and El Nido provide some stunning blue lagoons, so you'll enjoy long days swimming in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Sunbathing on the glorious golden beaches around Pagudpud and Puerto Galera is another way to spend a holiday here.
If you're into scuba diving, head to the Tubbatahaa Reefs National Park to explore the beautiful coral and fascinating marine life.
There is a great history to the Philippines and during your holiday there you will be able to visit various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Vigan is a beautiful town and is the only one fully built European colonial town in the whole of Asia. The architecture of the Banaue Rice terraces is another area worth exploring too, this can be found in Batad. To be further enthralled by the country’s history you may wish to visit such areas including the Rizal Park, Intramuros and Blood Compact site in Bohol.
Shopping in most areas offers up plenty of great souvenirs including handmade crafts and various other locally made items. In places like Manila you can head into large shopping malls and browse in top boutiques selling clothes, jewellery and perfumes from international brands.
Cuisine & Nightlife
"The Filipino cuisine has been shaped by a variety of influences from throughout Asia, and even as far as Europe and the USA.."
Over the years, the Filipino cuisine has been shaped by a variety of influences from throughout Asia, and even as far as Europe and the USA.
There are plenty of places during the day and night that serve popular national dishes and local favourites.
Tourists will be happy to hear that there's also plenty of diversity when it comes to cuisine here, with some places offering traditional dishes from throughout Europe and other areas of the world.
In Manila you're likely to find popular fast food restaurants.
Hotels here tend to offer a varied menu, with the aim of appeasing guests from a wide variety of countries and cultures.
An evening can be a truly enjoyable and relaxing experience along the coast, whether enjoying fine cocktails as the sun comes down or attending one of many Filipino beach parties. The capital city of Manila offers other options, such as nights out at the theatre, where a variety of shows are usually on offer throughout the year.
Weather & Climate
"The coolest months are December and January - though you can still expect to enjoy temperatures well over 20°C.."
Most of the time this nation is hot and humid, meaning you're always able to enjoy some great weather in the Philippines.
Summer tends to occur from March to May, when temperatures will reach well over 30°C.
This hot weather is coupled with endless hours of sun, often best enjoyed down by the beach.
There's a monsoon season, mainly occuring during the months of July and October, when heavy rains and thunderstorms are frequent. Some of the bad weather steers clear, but with so many islands there's plenty of chance you'll witness a monsoon at some point during this period.
The coolest months are December and January - though you can still expect to enjoy temperatures well over 20°C. This time of year still provides great weather and if you don't like the weather too hot, it might be the ideal time to visit.